Deepika Padukone: “I Don’t Believe in Crash Diets”

Deepika Padukone

Her orange bikini scene from her current movie Cocktail has been the talk of the town. The actress says the secret to behind her great figure is not down to any crash diets but a combination of regular workouts and healthy eating.

Deepika said: “I think ideally one should not reach a stage where you have to go on crash diets. You need to be conscious on a daily basis. I feel that this should be your lifestyle.”

She continued: “For me, working out and eating healthy is a part of my lifestyle. I don’t do it for a particular shoot. I know people who eat in a crazy way and suddenly they want a perfect body, and they go on crash diets. That takes a toll on your hormones.”

Working in an industry where a size zero is part of the deal, Deepika says it’s not about size, rather more the importance of health.

She said: “I feel that size doesn’t matter, fitness and health should come first. I know people who are heavy, but have great stamina, and I know skinny people with no stamina. It depends on your fitness level. There is nothing wrong with being a size zero as long as it is a healthy size zero.”

Referring to her bikini shoot, Deepika talked about tweaking her workout to achieve the desired results.

She explained: “We shot in Cape Town and I did alter my diet for the shoot. But because I have always been fit, I didn’t have to go on any type of crash exercise or diet.”

The actress is pleased with the perception received to her courageous and bubbly character Veronica in the movie which has been adored by fans as she said:

“It’s nice to know that people have woken up and realised that there is more to this person than the way she looks. They always associated me with being glamorous and thought that I could do only a certain type of role. I’m happy I managed to break this notion in people’s minds.”

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